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The Political Round-Up

One for the money, two for the show;
Tiahrt tanking?; Pattycake politics;
A double dose of Barton's; Davis's abounding

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
The first black U.S. Attorney in state history, Kenyen Brown, has been sworn in as the top federal prosecutor for the U.S. Southern District of Alabama, according to reliable sources at the federal courthouse here.

It is likely that a public
ceremonial swearing in
will be staged later,
within weeks, and it is
expected that U.S.
Attorney General Eric
Holder will attend.
The nation's first black
attorney general, Holder
is married to Dr. Sharon Malone,
an obstetrician and Mobile native whose sister, Vivian Malone Jones, played a prominent role as an entering student in the integration of the University of Alabama during George Wallace's famous "stand in the schoolhouse door" theatrics.

Brown, a former assistant U.S. attorney office here under Clinton appointee Don Foster, left a post with a congressional subcommittee to take the helm of the reputedly fractious local federal lawyers' office.

Brown was a surprise choice for the slot, not having applied and thus not being recommended for the assignment by either U.S. Rep. Artur Davis' committee or the state party's panel. Current Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Davis (no relation) was the top choice of each committee.

To touch all the "first" bases, Holder was tapped to head the Justice Department by Barack Obama, the nation's first black president and Artur Davis is seen as a solid favorite to win the Democratic nomination in his bid to become Alabama's first black governor.

Boeing champ Tiahrt in tight battle
Battling to replace U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who's running for governor, Republican U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt remain neck and neck, within the margin of error, according to a SurveyUSA poll.

A new poll shows Moran leading by three points (Dec. 4-7, 466 GOP LV, MoE +/- 4.6%). Almost 30 percent of likely Republican primary voters remain undecided.

The tally has Moran at 37, Tiahrt at 34 and undecided at 29.
With a more conservative record, Tiahrt led 40 percent to 33 percent in the poll among voters who identified themselves as conservative. Moran scored a much bigger lead among moderates, 46 percent to Tiahrt's 25 percent.

Moran and Tiahrt each came to Congress in 1996 and are leaving districts regarded as "safe" for the GOP. Moran never won with less than 73 percent of the vote, the high water mark coming in his first campaign for Congress. Tiahrt has held off underfunded challengers this decade with more than 60 percent of the vote each time.

The primary will take place in August 2010.
Pattycake politics
Longtime Alabama Democratic powerbroker Joe Reed and upstart Artur Davis continue their feud.

Reed, as quoted in the Tuscaloosa News: "My record is second to none, and I was doing this when Congressman Davis was making mud cakes under the shade tree.”

If so, perhaps Reed should beware, as it suggests Davis himself is long practiced in the art of mud-slinging.

A double dose of Barton news, please
This holiday season includes efforts to preserve historic Barton Academy. A percentage of all purchases made at Barnes & Noble at Springdale Friday, Dec. 11 - Sunday, Dec. 13 will go to the Barton Preservation Fund. Click here for more details.

State Rep. Jim Barton, R-Mobile, may be drawing a challenge in his
re-election bid next
year from political
Nathan Davis. Davis
participated in the
Tillman's Corner
Christmas Parade
Dec. 5 with supporters aboard a
flatbed truck tossing candy and
waving signs announcing Davis'
campaign for the House,
District 104 seat. Davis
has reportedly been recently
attending meetings of local
Republican clubs, including
Young Republicans and MobileGOP.

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